Participants at the Japan-UK Universities Conference for Collaboration in Research and Education: Japan-UK Education Collaboration Workshop

Japan-UK Universities Conference for Collaboration in Research and Education: Japan-UK Education Collaboration Workshop

On Friday 14 November 2014, the Japan-UK Universities Conference for Collaboration in Research and Education: Japan-UK Education Collaboration Workshop,  co-hosted by the British Council and the Embassy of Japan, took place at the Royal Society in London. This workshop was a follow-up event to the Japan-UK Universities Conference for Collaboration in Research and Education held in May 2014.  It brought together representatives from 14 Japanese and 11 British universities, who discussed in depth the current situation relating to student and educational exchange, tackled specific issues and identified practical solutions for furthering such exchange.

In the midst of increasing globalisation, it is vital to produce an abundance of outstanding young people with experience of being educated in an international environment, who can then thrive on the global stage.  In order to realise this goal, it is essential to facilitate the further enhancement of interaction between universities in Japan and the UK.

This workshop therefore consisted of presentations, group discussion and a roundtable discussion attended by not only the university representatives but also government officials from both sides. 

It provided a forum for an active exchange of views on obstacles to student and educational exchange. A number of solutions were suggested for both countries, including strengthening foreign language education, offering shorter study programmes, expanding the variety of scholarships and improving the way they are implemented, creating more joint educational programmes and a double/joint degree system, and enhancing the dissemination of information on studying abroad both at home and in the partner country.  Consequently, we were able to produce a joint announcement on behalf of all participants, which will be delivered at the 2nd Japan-UK Universities Conference for Collaboration in Research and Education, due to be held in Japan in 2015.

It is now vitally important to take further steps in our endeavours to realise the objectives outlined in the joint announcement.  We at the British Council are looking forward to continuing our efforts at promoting educational exchange in cooperation with other relevant institutions.

Outline

Date: Friday 14 November 2014, 15:30-18:15
Venue: The Royal Society

Host: the British Council and the Embassy of Japan in the UK, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, JSPS (the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) London Office and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Participating universities: 

  • Japan – Doshisha, Hitotsubashi, Hokkaido, Keio, Kyoto, Kyushu, Nagoya, Osaka, Ritsumeikan, Tohoku, Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tsukuba, Waseda
  • UK – Cambridge, Durham, Imperial College, King’s College, Liverpool, LSE, Oxford, Southampton, UCL, York, Warwick

Main topics discussed:

  • The current level of internationalisation of higher education in Japan and the UK as well as Japan-UK student and educational exchange
  • Obstacles to the promotion of Japan-UK student and educational exchange 
  • Practical ways of enhancing Japan-UK student and educational exchange

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